MY CURRICULUM VITAE
I am a lawyer with expertise in Canadian pension and benefits honed by over 20 years in the consulting industry. At Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) I was Director of the Canadian Research & Information Centre, responsible for a number of activities including writing and producing company publications.
Upon leaving Watson Wyatt in 2005, I was appointed editor in chief of Employee Benefit News Canada. The print magazine appeared 6x/year and electronic newsletters were published weekly. In addition, we ran web conferences and initiated a highly successful industry conference. I resigned from that position in April 2009, and the publication was sold to Benefits Canada (Rogers Communications) later in the year.
From May 2009-May 2010, I provided consulting service to the Humber College Centre for Employee Benefits in the development of its new Administration of Capital Accumulation Plans program and supporting marketing materials.
In May 2010 I started my own business offering research, writing and editing services to the business community. I incorporated as Sheryl Smolkin & Associates Inc. in June 2011.
For two years I blogged 3x a week on moneyville.ca at Eye on Benefits and I was a contributing writer and video interviewer for HRCompliance Insider and HRInsider.ca.
Currently I contribute a weekly At Work column to the personal finance section of thestar.com and write regularly for a number of other industry publications including smalbizadvisor.ca and Advisor for Business.
In addition I have several large corporate clients including the Saskatchewan Pension Plan and ADP Insurance Solutions.
“Sheryl brings expert planning, researching and writing skills to our projects. Her work product is always on time and within budget. She is committed to delivering the results Saskatchewan Pension Plan needs for its social media initiatives.” April 4, 2012
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, On Time
Bonnie Meier , Manager of Client Service, Saskatchewan Pension Plan
Sheryl is a great researcher and writer who is able to quickly grasp the implications of developments for organizations, individuals and other stakeholders, and write about them in a clear, concise and relateable manner.” April 26, 2011
Karen DeBortoli, Lawyer, Eckler Ltd.
reported to Sheryl Smolkin at Watson Wyatt
“Sheryl is a seasoned communicator with a deft touch when it comes to editing content, a talent for staying on the leading edge of ideas and issues in the pensions and employee benefits area and a knack for finding the right questions to get to the heart of a matter.” August 17, 2010
Greg Hurst, Consultant, Greg Hurst & Associates Ltd.
“I had the pleasure of working under Sheryl’s direction at Watson Wyatt. Her caring, supportive and entreprenarial spirit helped me in successfully creating a new service offering within the benefits consulting research group.